Mubarak Wakaso scores from the spot for Ghana against Burkina Faso - 2013
Ghana, down and out after their shock semi-final loss to Burkina Faso here Wednesday, will pick thermselves up to face Mali in the third-place play-off, assistant coach Maxwell Konadu said.
Despair was etched all over captain Asamoah Gyan’s face at the post-match press conference following the 3-2 penalty shootout loss to a team ranked 66 rungs below them in FIFA’s world table.
The defeat leaves them heading down to Port Elizabeth for the bronze-medal tie on Saturday rather than lining up in Soweto’s Soccer City 24 hours later against Nigeria in the final.
Ghana arrived at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations with high hopes of securing their first title for 31 years, but instead face a repeat of last year when they finished fourth after losing 2-0 to Mali in a play-off.
Konadu said it was up to him, head coach Kwesi Appiah and the rest of the technical staff to lift the players’ morale.
“It’s our respon...